ipsy Glam Bag Review April 2019

Hey, y’all!

Spring is in full bloom, and the ipsy theme this month was “fresh spring beauty picks.”

Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm

from Purlisse

Photo of sample size Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm from Purlisse
$45 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Purlisse

Oh man, the second I squeezed this onto my finger, it took me back to the 90s. It looks and smells like the filling from Fruit Gushers, but it’s not sticky. Anyway, it’s a nice light, hydrating moisturizer that you can use morning and evening, and it’s great for all skin types.

Key Ingredients:

  • Watermelon (source of Vitamins A, B6, & C)
  • Aloe Vera
  • White Tea
  • Cucumber

I don’t know if I’d spring for the full size, but I’d consider it.

My Rating: 5/5

“Berry Wild” Nail Polish

from Pretty Woman NYC

Photo of "Berry Wild" Nail Polish from Pretty Woman NYC
$7.99; Pretty Woman NYC

This color is perfect for spring. This polish doesn’t say anything about being quick-dry, but it does seem to dry really quickly. I remember the last time I got a nail polish from this brand, I wasn’t impressed with its staying power. We’ll see how this one holds up.

My Rating: 3/5

Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in “Mulberry”

from Hikari Cosmetics

Photo of Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in "Mulberry" from Hikari Cosmetics
$15; Hikari Cosmetics

They call this a cream pigment, but it didn’t have a very creamy consistency, which I’m totally fine with. I don’t tend to like cream eyeshadows very much. The color is gorgeous, and the shimmer isn’t too over-the-top. I didn’t notice any fallout, and it blends really nicely. I seem to have been getting a lot of plum and purple eyeshadows in my beauty subscriptions lately. Since I have hazel eyes, it works out well, but it gets a little repetitive.

My Rating: 5/5

Double Duty Beauty™ Base Tape Hydrating Primer

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Base Tape Hydrating Primer from Tarte Cosmetics
$30 for full-size; Tarte Cosmetics

We’ve all tried Tarte’s infamous Shape Tape Concealer, but I’d never tried their primer before. Its consistency surprised me–it’s a lot thinner than I expected. It seems to do a good job of adding some moisture while keeping your makeup in place.

Key Ingredients:

  • Coconut
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grape Seed Extract

My Rating: 4/5

Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina

from Apto Skincare

Photo of sample size Nourishing Mask with Blue Spirulina from Apto Skincare
$16 for 1 fl. oz.; Apto Skincare

This mask isn’t like your typical wash-off mask in the sense that it goes on fairly thin. You leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse it off, and then let your skin breathe for a few minutes. You actually don’t want it to dry all the way. I honestly didn’t notice much of a difference in my skin afterwards, but it might be because I have combination skin, and this is mostly recommended for dry skin.

Key Ingredients:

  • Blue Spirulina (Algae)
  • Squalane

ipsy started a new thing this month where you get to choose the 5th item for your bag. This is the one I chose, so I guess I didn’t choose well for my skin. I honestly don’t think it’s a bad product; it just wasn’t intended for my skin type. I did notice on the Apto website that all of their products are between $5 and $25, so I’d be curious to check out some of their other products.

My Rating: 2/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.8. I can’t wait to see what May has in store!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: March 2019

Hey, y’all!

ipsy got on the “strong women” train, and all of the products they chose this month were female-founded brands and girl boss must-haves. I’ve got to say, this bag might be one of my favorites so far. The rose gold and the empowering message were spot-on, plus there were some pretty fabulous products inside!

Hydra Veil Primer

from Illamasqua

Photo of sample size Hydra Veil Primer from Illamasqua
$45 for 1 fl. oz.; Illamasqua

I honestly can’t say if this worked any better than my regular primer, but I will say that it felt nice and light. The full-size comes with a little scooper, so you apply one scoop. The sample size didn’t come with one, but ipsy recommended a dime-size amount. I just eyeballed it. Illamasqua’s website suggests applying it with a foundation or highlighter brush. I just used my fingers, so I’ll have to give the brush method a try.

This product has Vitamins C and B3, which help maintain your skin’s moisture levels, while plant extracts calm and refresh.

Illamasqua is an English brand; I can’t tell you if a woman founded it, but their current Director of Artistry is a man named Pablo Rodriguez. They are very outspoken against animal cruelty, animal testing, prejudice, and intolerance, so they’re doing their part to make the world a better place. Definitely a brand worth checking out.

My Rating: 4/5

Dew Me Baked Highlighter in “Pearl”

from Estate Cosmetics

Photo of Dew Me Baked Highlighter in "Pearl" from Estate Cosmetics
$10; Estate Cosmetics

I was already familiar with this highlighter because I got “Afterglow” in my Yes, Oh Yas! box a few months back. “Pearl” is gorgeous, and I’m more likely to use it on a regular basis. It’s not glittery, and it’s nice and buildable, which is perfect for day-to-day wear.

I’m not sure what Estate Cosmetic’s history is, but they’re based out of Montreal, and they have no patience for animal cruelty. Even if they weren’t founded by a woman or aren’t run by mostly women, they understand the importance of valuing women. Their “About Us” section ends with, “Yes, you’re a Queen. You deserve to be treated like one.” Get it!

My Rating: 5/5

Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel Off Mask

from I Dew Care

Photo of sample size Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel Off Mask from Memebox
$23 for 2.87 fl. oz.; I Dew Care

I am OBSESSED with this mask. Yes, it’s totally Insta-worthy, but more importantly, my skin looked and felt incredible after using it. It was a little tricky to use with my mask spatula (also from I Dew Care) because of how small this jar is and because the mask has the runny consistency of acrylic paint. I made it work. It took about 20 minutes for it to dry, but once I peeled it off (you know I LIVE for peel-off masks!) my skin felt so soft and was visibly more even. After I make some space in my beauty cabinet, I might have to purchase the full-size of this one!

So what’s the secret? Well, pearl powder exfoliates, diamond powder brightens, and oat extract soothes. Enjoy sparkling while you’re wearing it and glowing afterwards. 🙂

I Dew Care’s parent company is Memebox, which was founded by Hyungseok Dino Ha in 2012. His goal was to make Korean Beauty (K-Beauty) more accessible to the western world. I Dew Care’s products look cute and fun; I’m interested to try more of them.

My Rating: 5/5

I Am Adaptable Matte Liquid Lipstick

from REALHER

Photo of sample size I Am Adaptable Matte Liquid Lipstick from REALHER
$14 for full-size; REALHER

What makes you feel more badass than a classic red lip? I applied it with a lip brush and had great results. It felt pretty light, and there was no caking, drying, cracking, or bleeding. Yeah, it faded around the center of my mouth after lunch, but a quick touch-up was all I needed. It’s not transfer-proof by any means, but I still really liked it.

This particular lipstick was created in collaboration with Misty Diaz, who is a self-described “adaptive athlete.” A portion of the proceeds from this collaboration are donated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).

REALHER was founded by Bill Xiang, who was inspired by the birth of his daughter. I’m not going to try paraphrasing REALHER’s mission statement; I’m going to let you read it for yourself:

“We are a high quality, CERTIFIED CRUELTY-FREE and PARABEN FREE makeup brand featuring empowering and inspiring affirmations on our product. Our Mission is to inspire and bring out the best in the modern woman, to know her worth, to feel proud of her individuality, to love each and every one of her flaws, and to not fear who she really is. Each of our products come with a self-affirmation to remind us everyday that we are enough.”

Can we have more of this in the world, please? This is absolutely a brand I can get behind and want to check out more.

My Rating: 4/5

SS62 Short Shader Brush

from SLMISSGLAM Beauty

Photo of SS62 Short Shader Brush from SLMISSGlam Beauty

As is usually the case with SLMISSGLAM, most of their brushes can’t be bought individually. I can’t find this exact brush in this color anywhere on their site, but you can get a silver glitter version as part of their Silver Glitter Eye Set. (At the time of posting, it’s currently on sale for $39!) This brush is perfect for adding a pop of color to your inner corner or helping you achieve that perfect smoky eye. As always, SLMISSGLAM’s brushes are 100% cruelty-free.

Stephanie Lewis founded SLMISSGLAM Beauty in 2014, and she’s all about creating beauty tools that are as pretty as the products they’re applying.

My Rating: 5/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.6. I believe that might be my highest rated bag yet!

I’m curious to know what makes you feel empowered. Is it a bold red lip or a fierce cat eye? Maybe it’s your favorite pair of boss lady heels or being able to bench more than your body weight. I really want to know. Tell me in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: February 2019

Hey, y’all!

Sorry I’m a little behind with this one, but February flew by, and with it came a cute lipstick print cosmetic bag filled with some fabulous goodies!

Glowstarter™ Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in “Nude Glow”

from GlamGlow

Photo of sample size Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer in "Nude Glow" from GlamGlow
$49 for 1.7 fl. oz.; GlamGlow

A dewy finish isn’t really my thing (I tend to go more matte), but I went ahead and gave this a whirl anyway. The sweet citrusy scent was a little strong, but I used a small enough amount that it wasn’t overwhelming. I used the moisturizer like I would a highlighter (mainly on my cheekbones and the tip of my chin) before I put on primer. Let’s call it a “pre-highlighter” for when I’m feeling a little extra. I definitely had to wash my hands afterwards. It comes in 2 other colors: “Pearl Glow” and “Sun Glow;” “Nude Glow” was pretty and seems like it’d be pretty universally flattering. Do I think I’d purchase the full-size, though? Probably not. It’s just not my cup of tea. *shrug*

My Rating: 2/5

Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen in “Black”

from Doucce

Photo of Fierce and Fine Graphic Pen in "Black" from Doucce Cosmetics
$21; Doucce Cosmetics

I’m not as big a fan of felt tip liners because they sometimes skip a little, but this one goes on fairly smoothly. The only issue is the tip is so fine that I have to go over the same area multiple times. It’s waterproof and lasted all day without flaking or budging, but it still doesn’t top my $7.50 NYX Liquid Matte. What can I say? A higher price doesn’t always mean you’ll like it better.

My Rating: 4/5

Pressed Eyeshadow in “Taupe”

from Meech n Mia

Photo of Pressed Eyeshadow in "Taupe" from Meech N Mia
$11.50; Meech N Mia

This color is perfect for work when I’m short on time and just want a subtle wash of color on my lids. This mauve-pink shade is really flattering, and I can wear it alone, or use it to add a little depth to my eye look. The pan size is pretty generous, so this might become a workday staple. It went on velvety smooth and had no fallout and minimal kick-up.

My Rating: 5/5

Powder Brush 50F

from F.A.R.A.H. Brushes

Photo of Powder Brush 50F from F.A.R.A.H. Brushes

It’s so fluffy! I find it odd that I can’t find this exact brush anywhere on the F.A.R.A.H. website, but you can get one from their rose gold collection for $15, so I assume this one would be roughly the same price. The bristles aren’t quite as dense as my IT Cosmetics Luxe LBD Powder Brush #307, so it doesn’t pick up quite as much product. (Sometimes that’s a good thing.) Not to mention, this one is about 1/3 of the price, plus it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. According to ipsy, it’s versatile enough that you can use it for setting powder, bronzer, or blush. You know I love multi-use tools and products. 🙂

My Rating: 5/5

Studio Fix Powder Foundation in “NC30”

from MAC

Photo of sample size Studio Fix Powder Foundation in "NC30'" from MAC Cosmetics
$30 for .52 oz.; MAC Cosmetics

I started out not loving this foundation, but I warmed up to it. I hated it when I used the sponge applicator because it left my skin feeling kind of cakey and dry. It also ended up breaking up over the course of the day, even with makeup refreshing spray. I gave it another shot using a foundation brush. That was more successful, but given how small the pan is, it was somewhat inefficient, and I was paranoid that I wasn’t getting even coverage. It did hold up better over the course of the day, though, and it seems that the coverage is buildable. Maybe with a larger pan I’d have an easier time, but I’m also still a fan of the color-correcting properties of my Laura Geller pressed powder foundation.

My Rating: 3/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.8. How did your beauty subscriptions treat you in February? Tell me in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: January 2019

Hey, y’all!

2019 is here and already speeding along. The bag itself looked a little to springy or summery for January in my opinion, but here’s what was inside!

Heavy Metal Eyeshadow in “HE-04”

from Naked Cosmetics

Photo of Heavy Metal Eyeshadow HE-04 from Naked Cosmetics
$14.99; Naked Cosmetics

I tend to shy away from loose powder eyeshadows, but I have to admit that this coppery bronze is really pretty. (The color is much brighter than it looks on the Naked Cosmetics website.) There was a little fallout onto my lashes, but I dusted them off without too much trouble. This line of shadows comes in 6 shades, and the bottom of the pot is threaded to screw onto something. I assume you can take the lids off of them and just screw them together in one neat column. That could help with storage, rather than having individual pots lying around.

My Rating: 3/5

Nail Lacquer in “Feverish”

from Color Club

Photo of Nail Lacquer in "Feverish" from Color Club
$8.50; Color Club

I’m enjoying the last of winter before central Florida starts heating up again, so I had no qualms about using this gorgeous vampy red when I got a pedicure this past week. Professionals always do it better, so we’ll see how well this polish holds up. I probably would have only done one coat if I were doing it myself, but the nail tech did two (maybe that’s why professional pedis last longer…) I love that this company was founded by women and creates everything in NYC. Get it, ladies!

My Rating: 5/5

Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

from Yensa

Photo of sample size Pumpkin Turmeric 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask from Yensa
$45 for 2.5 fl. oz.; Yensa

I tried this mask for a Spoil Me Sunday recently and fell in love. You can read all out it here.

My Rating: 5/5

1010 Small Contour Brush

from Luxie Beauty

It’s odd that I can’t find this brush anywhere on the Luxie website. Based on the other brushes in the Pro Tools Collection, I’m going to guess this one would run somewhere around $30-$35. It’s cruelty-free and vegan, and the bristles are super soft. I prefer my e.l.f. brush for applying contour, but this smaller brush is great for highlighting.

My Rating: 4/5

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 in “Light Neutral”

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation in "Light Neutral" from Tarte Cosmetics
$39 for 1.7 fl. oz.; Tarte Cosmetics

Since my skin has cleared up, I’ve been using pressed powder foundation instead of liquid full-coverage. I tested this one out, though, and it was nice. It wasn’t cakey, it lasted all day, and the color was spot-on. Definitely worth keeping in my makeup cabinet for when I need more coverage.

My Rating: 4/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. I’d say 2019 is off to a good start. Was January good to you as far as your beauty subscriptions were concerned? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s dive into the final Glam Bag of the year. This gold sequined bag even came with some bonus items!

Nude Beach Eyeshadow in “Bootylicious”

from theBalm Cosmetics

Photo of Nude Beach Eyeshadow in "Bootylicious" from TheBalm Cosmetics
$36 for Nude Beach palette; theBalm Cosmetics

theBalm eyeshadows never fail to disappoint as far as color and longevity. I don’t tend to by them, though, because most of the shades I like are only sold as part of a palette, and I’ve already got more palettes than I know what to do with. “Bootylicious” is a beautiful dark brown shimmer that looks lovely on its own or as a transition shade. Like every other theBalm shadow I’ve tried, it applies smoothly with no fallout, and the color payoff is fabulous. If you want this shade, you’ll have to snag the Nude Beach Palette, which is a mix of 12 shimmer and matte nudes.

My Rating: 5/5

Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in “Infamous”

from Ciaté London

Photo of sample size Glitter Flip Liquid Lipstick in "Infamous" from Ciate London
$19 for .101 fl. oz.; Ciaté London

Matte liquid lipstick in a gorgeous berry shade? Yes, please! Add glitter? Ehhhh… I’ll admit the color holds up better than I expected, and the glitter doesn’t transfer as much as I thought it would, but I’m still dubious about how much I’ll actually use this. The website claims that it looks matte until you press your lips together and then it “flips” to glittery, but when I swatched it on my hand, it was glittery from the get-go. This might look great for holiday parties, but the jury’s still out.

My Rating: 3/5

Tapered Blending Brush 35E

from F.A.R.A.H Brushes

To be honest I’d never heard of this brand before, and I couldn’t find this brush shape with this exact handle on their website. This brush has a nice weight and balance to it, and the (vegan) bristles are super soft. It can be used with powder or cream eyeshadows, so you’re covered there. If this brush is any indication, F.A.R.A.H delivers a great quality for a reasonable price point. Definitely worth checking out.

My Rating: 5/5

Arch Arrival Brow Definer in “Taupe Tom”

from Sugar Cosmetics

Photo of Arch Arrival Brow Definer in "Taupe Tom" from Sugar Cosmetics
$12.99; Sugar Cosmetics

I never used any eyebrow products until about a year and a half ago, and now it’s the part of my beauty routine that I get the most compliments on, which I find funny. I’m lucky to have naturally full eyebrows with a natural arch, but they wouldn’t look nearly as great without the help of my aesthetician (love you, Lina!) My brows just have a couple of spots that can use some filling in. When I have the time, I contour with a brow powder duo. If I’m in a hurry, I just use a pencil. This particular pencil is iffy. The wedge shape is interesting, but I had to press so hard on my arm just to swatch it. I guess that stops you from going overboard and looking like Groucho Marx, but it left some red marks on my arm. We’ll see how it goes. This color is a pretty good match for me. It only comes in one other shade, Jerry Brown, which is for “medium to dusky” skin tones. Both are currently sold out on their website, so there must be a lot of fans out there.

My Rating: 2/5

Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

from Hey Honey

Photo of sample size Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Moisturizer
$42 for 2.2 oz.; Hey Honey

I tend to really like skincare products with honey in them. It’s so fabulous for your skin, and Hey Honey is such a great brand. This moisturizer has a very subtle scent to it, nothing crazy. It’s also nice and light, so it left my skin feeling moisturized, yet velvety smooth and soft, not saturated.

My Rating: 5/5

Dew Pot in “Fine”

from Laritzy Cosmetics

Photo of Dew Pot in "Fine" from Laritzy Cosmetics
$20 for .12 oz.; Laritzy Cosmetics

If you’ve been counting, you’ll notice that ipsy included 6 items this month as a holiday gift! This gorgeous shimmery cream highlighter is as subtle or as in-your-face as your heart desires. I love that it’s not glittery. Wear it on its own or over your favorite blush!

My Rating: 5/5

Bonus Item: Eyeshadow Brush

from Inmo Cosmetics

Photo of eyeshadow brush from Inmo Cosmetics
$45 for 12-piece set; Inmo Cosmetics

I had some points that were about to expire, so I cashed them in for this brush. You can only get it as part of Inmo’s 12-brush set called “The Essentials,” but it seems like a decent quality. I’ll be honest, at first glance I thought it was a matching brush for the F.A.R.A.H brush, but it’s not.


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. It’s nice to end 2018 on a high note! How did your beauty subscriptions turn out this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: November 2018

November is here! This month’s bag was a super cute purple with black hearts. Check out the 5 products I got inside!

LOCK IT Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in “Pearl Brown”

from L.O.C.K. Color

We know I’m a sucker for liquid liner, so that’s one drawback with this one, but the gel formula holds up nicely all day long. While I appreciate that I don’t need a sharpener for this pencil because it twists, I don’t like the fact that it’s not very precise. The color is absolutely gorgeous, though! Depending on the color of your eyeshadow, it reads as a deep copper or as a bronze with a hint of metallic olive. It’s great for fall.

My Rating: 3/5

Microfiber Dewdrop Sponge

from Juno & Co.

I haven’t been using a lot of liquid foundation lately, but I wanted to give this sponge an honest try, so I set my Laura Geller Baked Balance-n-Brighten aside. I really wanted to like this sponge, but I couldn’t. The velvety texture didn’t give me anything close to an airbrush finish. I had to go back over with a regular sponge to smooth things out. It didn’t do much better on my concealer, either. On top of all that, the texture made it difficult to clean. Pass.

My Rating: 1/5

Always On Liquid Lipstick in “Out Loud”

from Smashbox Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Always On Liquid Lipstick in "Out Loud" from Smashbox Cosmetics
$24 for .13 fl. oz.; Smashbox Cosmetics

This color is absolutely perfect for fall! It’s a deep orange that ipsy claims is universally flattering. I usually find Smashbox’s formula to be a little drying (I like Too Faced’s Liquid Matte better,) but I didn’t experience that this time, and the color payoff is really nice. It never became truly transfer-proof, but it managed to last a whole work day without needing to touch up.

My Rating: 4/5

Strictly Curls Miracle Treatment

from Marc Anthony True Professional

Photo of Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Miracle Treatment from Marc Anthony True Professional
$17.21 for (6) 1.01 fl. oz. jars; Amazon

I wasn’t super impressed with how it felt after blow-drying when I used this product the first time; I don’t think I used enough of it. The second time, though, my hair felt much smoother and softer. To be fair, I don’t have curly hair. It’s more randomly wavy. Have any of my curly haired gals tried it? What did you think?

My Rating: 4/5

Extraordinary Translucent Setting Powder

from Ciaté London

Just like my highlighter overload lately, I’m feeling a bit of a translucent powder overload from my beauty subscriptions. This one didn’t do anything to wow me. The jar size is so tiny, and it left my skin feeling a bit dry in some areas. It has a very fine consistency, so it did a decent job under my eyes to set my concealer, but it didn’t brighten my eyes like my Becca powder does.

My Rating: 2/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 3.5. How did your beauty subscriptions stack up this month? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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ipsy Glam Bag Review: October 2018

Hey, y’all!

This month’s theme was “Ipsy After Dark,” and I got some really great products in my cute red bag!

L50 Lilac Sparkle Eye Blender

from SLMISSGLAM Beauty

Photo of L50 Lilac Sparkle Eye Blender from SLMISSGLAM Beauty

I love a good blending brush, and if it sparkles and has rhinestones, that’s even better! All SLMISSGLAM brushes are synthetic and cruelty-free, but the one drawback for me is that they don’t sell individual brushes. Their sets are absolutely gorgeous, but I like having the freedom and flexibility to curate my own custom collection of brushes over time. So you can’t buy this one individually, but if you ever happen to get it in a set, it’s a great brush to have.

My Rating: 5/5

Tone Up Primer

from Yensa

Photo of deluxe travel size Tone Up Primer from Yensa
$15 for .24 fl. oz.; Yensa

I ended up being pretty “meh” about this primer. It’s thicker than my normal primer (NARS), which has a similar to feel to what I was using before (Smashbox Photo Finish). My normal primer also has SPF 50 to boot. This isn’t a bad primer, but I didn’t love it enough or see enough difference in my skin to want to convert. I’ll probably just use up the sample and that will be that.

My Rating: 2/5

Northern Lights Eyeshadow in Norrsken No. 3

from Nomad Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Northern Lights Eyeshadow in "Norrsken No. 3" from Nomad Cosmetics
$12 full size; Nomad Cosmetics

This is the second Nomad Cosmetics eyeshadow I own, and I have to say this brand makes a really nice eyeshadow. Gorgeous color, no fallout or kick-up, blends easily, and a reasonable price point. I got a lot of compliments on this color when I wore it to work.

My Rating: 5/5

Olive Oil Deep Cleansing Face Mask

from Aphrodite

Photo of sample size Olive Oil Deep Cleansing Face Mask from Aphrodite
$16.99 for 2.53 oz.; Aphrodite

I used this mask for Spoil Me Sunday last week; you can read my full review here. PS: it’s still on sale as of today!

My Rating: 5/5

Shape Tape Contour Concealer in “Light Sand”

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of sample size Shape Tape Contour Concealer in "Light Sand" from Tarte Cosmetics
$27 for .34 fl. oz.; Tarte Cosmetics

I already like and use Shape Tape as my concealer, especially under my eyes, but I typically use “Light Neutral.” This “Light Sand” is lighter than that and too light for me to use as regular concealer, but I can use it as a highlighter. It goes nicely over my liquid foundation and blends well.

My Rating: 4/5


This month’s bag had an average rating of 4.2. How many of these products have you tried?

Any items in your October beauty subscription(s) that you can’t stop raving about? Tell me all about them in the comments!

Love,

Sarah xoxo


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